Strats: Daphne Blue or Sonic Blue?

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Daphne Blue or Sonic Blue for a Strat?

  1. Daphne Blue

    50 vote(s)
    20.1%
  2. Sonic Blue

    55 vote(s)
    22.1%
  3. I like them both.

    52 vote(s)
    20.9%
  4. Sonic Blue with Maple Board

    20 vote(s)
    8.0%
  5. Sonic Blue with Rosewood Board

    83 vote(s)
    33.3%
  6. Daphne Blue with Maple Board

    38 vote(s)
    15.3%
  7. Daphne Blue with Rosewood Board

    49 vote(s)
    19.7%
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  1. kingsleyd

    kingsleyd Frikkin genyus Gold Supporting Member

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    When I asked Juha Ruokangas to build me a vintage-style S-recipe guitar, my wife and I spent several evenings poring over guitar books to find just the right shade of pale blue. I was looking for what I call "Volante Blue" which is the color my dad painted his International 210 sailboat (named "Volante") that he raced when I was young. It's somewhere between Sonic Blue and Daphne Blue. We found exactly the color we wanted in a photo in Tom Wheeler's big Stratocaster book. Happily, Juha also owned a copy of that book so we didn't have to deal with the variable of computer monitors. (that's a huge one!) Here's the resulting guitar. With the nitrocellulose finish the color has deepened and ambered a just bit since this photo was taken.

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  2. morglan

    morglan Supporting Member

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    I'm mostly here for the pics, but Daphne with a very dark rosewood board is a beautiful thing.

    It's so hard to get good pics of these two colors, especially comparison shots. So often in the pics Daphne blue isn't nearly as striking as it is in person.
     
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  3. Carbohydrates

    Carbohydrates Member

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    Oh, okay. Daphne Blue Grosh Electrajet Standard.

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  4. johnh

    johnh Silver Supporting Member

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    Mine is Daphne. I’d probably have preferred Sonic Blue, but I’m never changing it now.



    It’s a cheap MIM Classic 50’s body with a Classic Player 60s neck, but I wouldn’t swap it for any strat in the world now.

    It’s poly, but starting to look a little worn with some knocks around the edges:

     
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  5. Corvid

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    Sonic blue sounds cooler but I like the brighter, more poppy daphne blue. To me, the color of daphne blue is what I imgaine sonic blue to be and vice versa based on their names alone. Of course, just what is "sonic blue" and "daphne blue" varies from year to year, batch to batch, and now, manufacturing location to manufacturing location. Plus years of fading, sun exposure, tobacco smoke, etc. for older guitars.
     
  6. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    I like the Daphne Blue that looks like its pushing toward sea foam green. One of those in between colors that’s really sweet!
     
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  7. bossaddict

    bossaddict Supporting Member

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    I prefer the look of Sonic Blue w/ rosewood

    That said, my Strat is Daphne. :p

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  8. morglan

    morglan Supporting Member

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    I'm not a strat guy, but that is beautiful.

    Not a strat, but here's my Daphne blue (with ebony board) build (liked it so much, I repainted our outdoor wicker furniture the same color!):

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  9. johnh

    johnh Silver Supporting Member

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    Beautiful looking guitar. What is it? Did you say that you built it yourself?
     
  10. SAVEStheDAY

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    Sonic blue tends to look a little green over time. A lot of people are completely convinced the Jag-Stang was originally available in surf green because of this. If you really want a blue that will stay blue you've gotta go with Daphne.
     
  11. DeadLazy

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    Got the Daphne just the other day.

    The strat is my main and I feel like the Daphne is my last guitar for a long time.
     
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  12. Ridgeback

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    I like both with either kind of fret board but when I had to choose a finish for my one and only custom build (T-style w maple board), I chose Sonic Blue so I guess that has to be my vote.

    Daphne with rosewood and a matching headstock is ultra cool also but I'd probably go with greened out Lake Placid as my ultimate blue\rosewood strat
     
  13. Jabby92

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    Sometimes in different lighting these 2 colours can come really close IMO. I have a daphne blue American Pro FSR model and it has a really light coloured maple neck that I find well blends well with the Daphne:

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  14. metropolis_4

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    Lately I’ve really been liking Daphne with Pau Ferro
     
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  15. SAB54

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    I’ve always wanted a Sonic Blue Strat. Especially after seeing a Beatles documentary where George Harrison and John Lennon each had one. I finally decided to assemble a Warmoth partscaster. I should have it finished this week.
     
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  16. wire-n-wood

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    Anyone saying sonic blue gets reported.
     
  17. sidekick

    sidekick Supporting Member

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    Agree. ... I once owned a Sonic Blue Nash 'S' model when Bill was taking customer request orders back then circa 2006. About two years later the top of the guitar which had more light on it whenever resting on the stand had taken on a distinct greenish hue.
     
  18. morglan

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    Precision guitar kits, DC Jr with custom options (bound neck, ebony board, hb rout instead of P90, super jumbo frets).

    Kit comes as 2 pieces of bare wood (body and neck), sanded (I think) to about 400 grit. Needed to fill the grains (which I didn't do well enough--this was my first time doing anything like that) then sand and paint. First coat was shell pink, with Daphne blue over that with no clear coat. As it wears, the pink should begin to show through.

     
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  19. freedom's door

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    I like both, but Daphne with rosewood is my favorite.
     
  20. burton56

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    I’ve found that looking at picture differences of Sonic and Daphne blue are kind of like Seafoam Green and Surf Green differences. They seem to differ from manufacturer, age, and general lighting, and sometimes crossover to each other’s side. So I guess they both look great.
     

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